April 19th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain camp says Hamas wants Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/18/art.mccainemail.cnn.jpg caption="The McCain campaign says he would be tougher on Hamas."] (CNN) - John McCain’s campaign sent supporters a fundraising e-mail Friday that claims Hamas approves of Democrat Barack Obama’s foreign policy vision, and is hoping for his victory this fall.

“Barack Obama's foreign policy plans have even won him praise from Hamas leaders,” writes McCain deputy campaign manager Christian Ferry. “Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Hamas Prime Minister said, ‘We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election. He has a vision to change America.’”

The McCain fundraising e-mail says Obama’s stands have earned him “kind words” from Hamas. “John McCain's foreign policy provides a stark contrast to the policies of Barack Obama,” writes Ferry. “While Senator Obama would surrender in Iraq and hold talks with the Iranian regime, John McCain will never surrender in the struggle with Islamic extremists. Please join our campaign today by making a generous donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or $2,300.”

In response to earlier comments by McCain over Obama’s position on former President Jimmy Carter’s meeting with Hamas – when the Arizona senator said that “Senator Obama does not have the experience to make the right judgment as to how to deal with terrorist organizations, obviously” and that he approved of the dialogue – the Obama campaign said that the Democratic presidential hopeful did not condone the former president’s decision.

Obama supporter Rep. Robert Wexler responded to the McCain fundraising e-mail Friday. "John McCain likes to talk about the civil campaign he plans to run, and yet today he has engaged in a shameful, divisive, and cynical kind of politics that he pretends to reject - all in reckless pursuit of campaign dollars," said Wexler, calling the message "empty tough talk and divisive fear mongering."

"We call on Senator McCain to reject this embarrassing and outrageous tone, and to join with Barack Obama in calling for an America that is united in its determination to isolate Hamas and support our ally Israel," he said.

UPDATE: EDITED to reflect that the World Net Daily/WABC exclusive interview has since been widely distributed through other news outlets.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (980 Responses)
  1. Not Brainwashed

    Uhm, of course the McCain camp would say that, because it's true, the leader of the political wing of Hamas did say that they want Obama to win. And you can't blame them, most terrorist groups would want Obama to win in November, it takes the heat off of them in Iraq and in the middle east.

    Anticipating the coming obama cultists, here are a couple points to set the record straight on some of your B.S. I guess you could call this "Straight Talk."

    John McCain never said he wanted 100 years of war/combat/etc in Iraq.

    If you bothered to actually listen to what he said instead of gulping down the obama kool-aid no questions asked, you would realize that his proposal for a post-war presence of american troops, just as we did in Japan and Germany, is the most responsible and indeed the most likely course of action to ensure the continued progress of Iraqi democracy and security from enemies both foreign (Iran) and domestic (Al-Qaeda). The operative sentence that unravels the crap you cultists keep harping is the following: "As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed."

    We've had a troop presence in South Korea and Japan and Germany for decades, are we at war we these countries? Sometimes I'm not sure if some people are twisting his words in order to make it seem as if McCain wants war to confuse idiots who don't check the facts, or if the people lying about this stuff actually ARE the idiots.

    McCain despises war and has said as much, "Only a fool or a fraud sentimentalizes the merciless reality of war." Those are his words. I guess this comes from the fact that he's the only candidate who's actually been IN a war and has seen the brutality of it up-close and personal.

    But first, McCain actually wants to win the war and not abandon the Iraqis, which Obama and HIllary both promised to do in their debate in Pennsylvania, even adding that it didn't matter what the conditions on the ground or what the generals who actually know more about iraq then them think when they get into office. You want recklessness? Go with Obama or Hillary.

    April 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Mark

    Even Hamas recognized the America will be on the right track under the flagship of Democrat Obama or Clinton. Even Hamas wants peace. Everyone is looking for peace and the republican party is the party of war. Mccain if out of touch and too old to understand the meaning of peace................
    "war war war...bomb, bomb, bomb iran, 100-year war" John McCain

    Democrate 08!

    April 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. jimmy vekmen


    April 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. bill pike

    mcbush cannot have it both ways, great american hero is zero if you are going to continue the sick practice of the clinton/bush odd house. my dad was an navy officer WW2, uncle tommy a west point grad and war hero in Korea–bronze stat twice, prisoner of war who escaped and was written up in readers digest–TOMMY JONES. Dad was even county chairman for the republican party and THEY WOULD BE SICK TO SEE HOW THE REBULICAN PARTY HAS CREATED A FEELING OF BITTER IN THIS COUNTRY AND A BITTER FEELING (bad taste in their mouth) ABOUT US ALL OVER THE WORLD. I feel sick to see mcbush/rove ticket has shown us their sick business as usual. WONDER WHY WHEN SOMEONE COMES ALONG TO CHANGE WASHINGTON DC THE ROYALTY OF BUSH/CLINTON AND MCBUSH RISE UP IN THIS SICK OF SICK PRACTICE??? forget the war hero stuff-get out of washington so we won't poison anther generation of bush/clinton with mcbush. IT REALLY DOES MAKE ME SICK.

    April 19, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Ruben Marulanda

    That's the kind of stupid and nonsense republican attacks, However they never focus on the issues, Repubvlican's are goiung to loose big time this time because everyone knos thgeir tactics now, people have waken up this trime.

    from Canada an obama supporter

    April 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    This is dirty politics, trying to link Obama with Hamas, such a shameful tactic, but its not going to work, as Obama didn't have anything to do with it, other then they must like his nonwar policy and his diplomatic stance. I thought John McCain was not going to participate in these kind of politics, but obviously he lied. The scare tactic's are over and went out the window with Bush, McCain equals more Bush Policy, war, war, war. warmonger.

    April 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Realist

    Ok, so what's the problem? Don't we want the radical middle east nut cases to make peace and not war?

    Just because you lack the communication skills to resolve your problems without a Stealth Bomber, doesn't mean the rest of the world wants to remain at war, all the time.

    With McBush, we have one option, keep bombing, keep killing civilians. With a normal President, we at least have the option of diplomacy. We can always drop bomb on defenseless people when the need arises.

    April 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. sware

    My respect for John McCain's campaign just bottomed out. I held great admiration for a man who had served his country and had spoken against the trends of his party. Often acting against his self-interest. When asked his opinion of the use of the "stars and Bars" he spoke honestly to its devisive nature. A move I believe cost him the 2000 election.
    I have always viewed Senator McCain with great respect. That was based on honesty, integrity, and the service to his country. I would hope that the man I believed him to be would not stand for his surrogates within his campaign and his broader party stooping to this type of unsubstantiated fear mongering. It’s not enough to speak out against the comments “after the bell has been rung”.
    The Dems provide more than enough fodder to allow Mr. McCain the opportunity to win my “Life Long Democratic Vote”. That will not happen if unfounded claims like these are the basis or which he garners his support.


    April 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. John

    People will probably get a false sense of outrage over this, but its true, Hamas and other terror groups certainly would favour Obama, who wants to withdraw U.S troops from Iraq before the Iraqi army is fully trained. Hamas is allied with Iran which wants nothing more than a weak Iraq to expand its power.

    April 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. moon

    war monger war monger,mccain the world will hate you like bush,we need peace in the world go to hell and raise money there

    April 19, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. KP, Virginia

    Terrorists all around the world would love for nothing more than a Democrat to win the White House.

    April 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. dale

    Is Mc Cain just another fear monger?

    April 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Umpire

    The Swift-Boating has begun! Expect more of this kind of gutter politics from the Republican right-wing. They should realize, however, that as John McCain concedes, there are deeds in his political career that are difficult to defend. I regret that the bottom-feeders are so active this early. They are polutting the political system.

    April 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. kenny cole


    April 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Chris

    One thing...did Obama also promote the demonic leer?

    April 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Grant - MD

    Both McCain and Obama have been praised and enorsed by kooks and nutcases. So what?

    April 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. sophia nyc

    Everybody wants Obama.
    McCain is from a different century. Not the person we want to represent us to the world.

    April 19, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Swiss in Canada

    Hamas are not the only ones. Obama could restore the USA's reputation worldwide.All my Swiss friends and all my Canadien friends are for Obama (not all Swiss and all Canadiens of course).

    April 19, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Andy

    Typical Republican tactics. Might work for one more election, but don't underestimate the backlash. Soon the ignorant American voter will be displaced by the informed one, and when that happens the conservatives and their propaganda machine will be in a lot of trouble.

    April 19, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. mrtulip

    And I say, Bin Laden wants McCain!

    April 19, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. John Zeger

    This is just a sample of the kind of attacks that McCain would make against Obama if the latter is the Democrat's nominee! He would keep pounding away that Obama is a "lefty" and get considerable politicial mileage from doing so. Hillary on the other hand has established herself as a moderate on foreign policy issues. So, which do you think would have a better chance of winning the election against McCain?

    April 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Anne

    Making silly accusations is one thing... being truly slanderous ( or libelous ) is another. I would never have thought that a man of John McCain's stature would permit something like this to go out under his name. What a disappointment...

    April 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Foreign observer

    Arabs and most non US people know that in the latest two wars the US troops have killed more innocent civilians than Al Kaida did on 9/11 .....
    Openess to different oppinions and towards the facts is what the world so desperately needs from the next US government.... not being that biased is something that people can recognize at Obama – even the wrong ones like Hamas

    April 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Chim Richalds

    This kind of garbage sounds an awful lot like the tactics BUSH has been using for some time now.

    Are you people going to let yourselves be taken advantage of... once again?

    April 19, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Glen, RSA

    Obama and Carter a winning team. America can head back to the heady days of the Carter presidency. Talk about calling back the past.

    April 19, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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